Occupational Hygiene: A Dust Management Case Study

Mideco was proud to be a part of the Institute of Quarrying Australia’s Safety & Health Seminar in Brisbane last week. The Institute works hard to provide world class professional development for the extractive industry, establish an Australian Quarrying Academy and align service offerings with industry needs.

At the seminar we heard from Russel Wilson – General Manager Quarries in QLD from Boral on “Occupational Hygiene: A Dust Management Case Study”. Russel described the practical steps taken on site to improve the hygiene of employees and contractors by reducing exposure to airborne dust at Boral’s quarry operation. He also discussed the legislation in QLD to ensure workers’ exposure to respirable dust is at the acceptable levels, personal protective equipment is always provided and we all work hard to suppress airborne dust so a worker’s safety is not threatened.

Mideco showcased the Bat Booth™ at the Seminar – a device specifically designed to keep workers safe from the harmful elements of dust. The Bat Booth™ will help companies like Boral adhere to the legislation and prevent dust related diseases. 

At the Seminar there was genuine excitement as Industry Safety Managers asked questions and learnt more about the benefits the Bat Booth™ can provide back to their workers and organisations. Mideco would like to thank the  organisers of the Seminar and the Institute of Quarrying Australia for the opportunity to present and share information about the Bat Booth™.

For more detailed information on the Bat Booth™ call us on 1300 643 320 or email us at sales@mideco.com.au

Institute of Quarrying Australia’s Safety & Health Seminar

Mideco is proud to be a part of the Institute of Quarrying Australia’s Safety & Health Seminar in Brisbane on Friday 16 June, 2017. The Institute works hard to provide world class professional development for the extractive industry, establish an Australian Quarrying Academy and align service offerings with industry needs. At this seminar Mideco will be showcasing the Bat Booth™ – a device designed to keep quarry workers safe from the harmful elements of dust.

Whether dust is coming from transfer points, roads, mining, quarrying or cement processes it is harmful and real health hazard for all workers, particularly when the dust contains known carcinogens or silica. Research has shown that dusty clothing can elevate a workers exposure to dust 10 times that of a worker in clean clothing.

The Bat Booth™ uses nothing but pure air to capture dust from worker’s contaminated clothing – providing safety for both the worker and the environment. Supplied completely assembled on a skid base. Once on site, compressed air and power connections are all that is needed to be fully operational. The Bat Booth™ is perfect for quarries, mines or any commercial environment where dust contamination poses a health hazard. 

Other alternatives have proven to be risky, slow, ineffective and do not contain the dust when dislodged from clothing. As a company we are purposefully working to help make the environment safer for all workers exposed to dust, particularly when the dust contains known carcinogens or silica.

We look forward to seeing you at the Seminar in Brisbane!

For more detailed information on the Bat Booth™ call us on 1300 643 320 or email us at sales@mideco.com.au

Burnley® Baffles Dust Suppression

Burnley® Baffles are our internationally patented dust suppression device especially designed to reduce the escape of dust from dump hoppers and chutes handling dry granular bulk raw materials such as grains and ores.  A Burnley® Baffle installation consists of a set of modules that fill the open inlet face of a hopper.

Each module contains a set of blades that pivot to allow the material to flow into the hopper. The dust generated from the material falling into the hopper cannot escape because the hopper is only open where the material is entering. An 80% to 85% reduction in the size of dust collector and fan is achievable with the use of Burnley® Baffles.

The Mideco team is well placed to solve the most challenging dust collection and extraction system problems. Australian owned and operating since 1950, our extensive range of products have been proven in a vast range of applications both locally and offshore.

Our solutions process is rigorous, taking into account all aspects and steps to understand and define your dust control problem, develop the essential criteria for the solution and design the most appropriate solution. We also provide post implementation support to ensure your projects are an ongoing success.

For more detailed information regarding Burnley® Baffles call us on 1300 643 320 or email us at sales@mideco.com.au

The Hidden Dangers Of Dust Resuspension On Workers’ Clothing

Dust has always been a problem in the quarrying, mining, extractive and commercial industries.

Whether it’s coming from roads, transfer points, processes or machinery – its presence has always been a huge problem for many companies. One point that is often overlooked, or dealt with poorly, is harmful dust particles once they have landed on clothing.

McDonagh and Byrne, physicists from the University of Ireland in Galway, Republic of Ireland, who both specialise in dust particulates, demonstrate the dangers of dust clothing resuspension in an article they published in the Journal of Environmental Radioactivity. The physicists found that on average 67 per cent of dust on a person’s clothing will resuspend itself into the air during physical activity, allowing dust to be inhaled. To read the McDonagh and Byrne article in full – click here.

This dust when inhaled can have serious issues for workers’ health, from lung cancers, tuberculosis to silicosis – which is permanent scarring on the lungs as a result of breathing in silica dust, a common dust in quarries and mines. There have been many solutions to the problem of dust collection from dustpan brushes to portable dust blow-off devices, but these don’t solve the problems associated with resuspension.

Mideco believe we have the definitive solution to the problem – called the Bat Booth™ – a stand alone personnel dust booth, that can be placed anywhere on a worksite and in 10 seconds blows the dust off the worker and then sucks it through the floor. Other alternatives have proven to be risky, slow, ineffective and do not contain the dust when dislodged from clothing.

For more detailed information regarding the Hidden Dangers Of Dust Resuspension On Workers’ Clothing and the Bat Booth™ call us on 1300 643 320 or email us at sales@mideco.com.au

Bat Booth™ – The Hardest Working 10 Seconds You’ll Ever See

Whether dust is coming from transfer points, roads, mining, quarrying or cement processes it is harmful and real health hazard for all workers, particularly when the dust contains known carcinogens or silica. Research has shown that dusty clothing can elevate a workers exposure to dust 10 times that of a worker in clean clothing.

The Bat Booth™ uses nothing but pure air to capture dust from worker’s contaminated clothing – providing safety for both the worker and the environment. It’s the hardest working 10 seconds you’ll ever see.

The Bat Booth™ is supplied completely assembled on a skid base. Once on site, compressed air and power connections are all that is needed to be fully operational. Perfect for quarries, mines or any commercial environment where dust contamination poses a health hazard. Other alternatives have proven to be risky, slow, ineffective and do not contain the dust when dislodged from clothing.

Mideco has invested significant time, effort and expense to gain UL approval for its Enclosed Industrial Control Panel that is the heart of the Bat Booth™. As a company we are purposefully working to open up new markets with equipment that is “plug and play” for the owner. A UL label means the equipment is fully compliant with the local regulations for which it is tagged.

For more detailed information regarding the Bat Booth™ call us on 1300 643 320 or email us at sales@mideco.com.au

 

Burnley Baffles

Over 60 Years Of Successful Dust Collection Projects – Mideco

The Mideco team is well placed to solve the most challenging dust collection and extraction system problems. Australian owned and operating since 1950, our extensive range of products have been proven in a vast range of applications both locally and offshore. 

Our key projects demonstrate that we can confidently recommend the best technology for your application, from mining, quarry and cement to fertiliser and grain – Mideco have got you covered.

Our solutions process is rigorous, taking into account all aspects and steps to understand and define your dust control problem, develop the essential criteria for the solution and design the most appropriate solution. We also provide post implementation support to ensure your projects are an ongoing success.

Mideco takes a long term view of every customer and potential customer.  We aim to develop partnerships that will last for years into the future.  Mideco has a history of coming to you no matter how remote the location.  If you have a dust control problem, we aim to be a part of your solution.

Mideco has extensive experience with:-

  • Dust and diesel fume management in port bulk material storage sheds.
  • Dust control in hoppers for truck, rail or ship unloading.
  • Ultra high efficiency filtration on lead.
  • Conversions, upgrades, and overhaul of competitor dust collection equipment.
  • Service and preventative maintenance of Mideco and competitor equipment.

For more detailed information regarding our past body of work, refer to the Projects area of our website, call us on 1300 643 320 or email us at sales@mideco.com.au

 

The Burnley® Baffle Story

John Holland was building a malting facility for KBB Malting in Perth, Western Australia.
The project required dust control on the barley receiving hoppers, a specification had been written and provided to possible suppliers.
Mideco won the contract to supply the dust collectors. This contract was ex works.

A photo of the project can be seen in the National Library of Australia; http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-161835009/view.
Mideco’s dust collector can be seen as the brown box in the bottom left corner of the photo.

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Mideco Website Promotion

Mideco introduced their new website via an email campaign on September 29th, 2016.
Following a few IT hiccups that kept us from receiving any contact forms from the website, we sent out a new email on October 7th to all our customers explaining the issue and asking that they visit the new website again and submit a new contact form.

The first 10 customers to fill in the contact form and become eligible for the $100 Visa gift certificate are listed below.
Three of the winners have asked that we not publish their name and asked that we donate their winnings to their favourite charity which we were pleased to do. Continue reading “Mideco Website Promotion”

“Mideco” wins ABH Award for Best Practice in WH&S

The “Australian Bulk Handling Award” event gathers an audience of bulk handling engineers and technicians together to celebrate outstanding performance and high achievement across various facets of their industry.

Dubbed “The Bulkies” by Master of Ceremonies James Valentine, the ninth annual Australian Bulk Handling Awards was held on the night of sixth November, 2014 at Doltone House, Darling Harbour in Sydney. There were winners from all corners of Australia’s bulk and powder handling communities.

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